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`Salesman' Takes Home 4 Tonys but No One Show Dominates Awards

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

`Salesman' Takes Home 4 Tonys but No One Show Dominates Awards

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NEW YORK -- Death of a Salesman won four Tonys last night, including the hotly contested prize for best revival, while Side Man was named best play and Fosse best musical during an even ing that saw no one production dominate the awards.

Salesman also picked up acting nods for Brian Dennehy and Elizabeth Franz, its true-believing Willy and loyal Linda Loman, and the direction prize for Robert Falls.

"I feel like Cathy Rigby," said Dennehy, referring to the high-flying actress who plays Peter Pan in the (Broadway revival. He also paid tribute to Salesman author Arthur Miller, who received a lifetime achievement award during the event.

The audience stood to cheer the 83-year-old Miller when he came out onstage. "Just being around to receive it is a pleasure," the playwright joked.

Warren Leight's Side Man -- the story of a dysfunctional family set against a backdrop of jazz musicians -- was the only new American drama nominated for best play. Tennessee Williams' 1938 play Not About Nightingales also was up for an award.

Judi Dench, who already won an Academy Award this year, picked up a Tony for her role as an embattled actress in David Hare's drama Amy's View.

"The winning bit is not the best, the nominating bit is the best . . .," said Dench, who adds this award to the Oscar she received for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth in Shakespeare in Love.

Annie Get Your Gun captured the best-musical revival prize, and its star, Bernadette Peters, won her second Tony for best actress in a musical.

Both Fosse, a revue saluting the work of choreographer Bob Fosse, and Swan Lake won three Tonys.

Matthew Bourne took two Tonys, for best direction and best choreography of a musical for his work on Swan Lake, a modern-dress retelling of the famous ballet with an all-male corps of swans.

Lez Brotherston's costume design for Swan Lake, featuring feathered capri pants, also won a Tony. The other design awards were split between two shows -- Richard Hoover and Not About Nightingales for sets and Andrew Bridge and Fosse for lighting. …

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